Protesters demanding that Roman Protasevich be freed in Warsaw, Poland.
Protesters demanding that Roman Protasevich be freed in Warsaw, Poland. © Kuba Kaminski
March protesting domestic violence, Chisinau 8 March, 2020.
March protesting domestic violence, Chisinau 8 March, 2020. © Life without Violence in the Family – national coalition
A rally in Tbilisi in support of greater female participation in politics.
A rally in Tbilisi in support of greater female participation in politics. © Regina Jegorova-Askerova
The Pankisi Gorge lies in the foothills of the Caucasus. Most of Pankisi's residents belong to the Kist ethnic group.
The Pankisi Gorge lies in the foothills of the Caucasus. Most of Pankisi's residents belong to the Kist ethnic group. © Onnik Krikorian
Female protesters in Yerevan, Armenia.
Female protesters in Yerevan, Armenia. © Nazik Armenakyan/4plus

Focus

Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood (BREN)

Years active: 2021-present
 

BREN supports civil society and women’s rights organisations in Eastern Neighbourhood countries.

Delivered in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), BREN builds on IWPR and GNWP’s long-standing regional experience in peacebuilding, and advocates for greater participation of women in peace and security issues.

An in-depth analysis of peacebuilding processes and women’s organisations across the Eastern Neighbourhood region will inform BREN’s approach, which is set to include tailored support and technical assistance for organisations in the South Caucasus and Moldova.


The BREN project will:

  • Increase the resilience and foster capacity-building of women’s rights organisations (WROs) and other non-state actors in Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood countries to safely advocate for greater participation of women and sustainable peace, stability and security
  • Support local leaders to commit to take action and address women's needs in response to effective advocacy efforts of WROs
  • Increase the collaboration and collective action between WROs and non-state actors resulting from deeper knowledge and data sharing, peer learning and network-building, across target countries, disputed borders, and the Eastern Neighbourhood region.

    BREN was launched in October 2021 and, subject to funding, is expected to continue until March 2024. The project is supported by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of the United Kingdom and is implemented in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP).

    Project funded by Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, UK
    Implemented in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)
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